September 12, 2016 —According to a recent survey, Americans are increasingly uncertain about the necessity of college for success in the workforce. From 2000-2009, increasing numbers of Americans said that college is necessary, yet now just 42 percent of Americans say college is necessary for workforce success, a 13 percent drop from 2009. Despite this perspective shift since the Great Recession, research shows that nearly all the jobs created in the recovery – 11.5 million out of 11.6 million – have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education, including the vast majority of the good jobs — full-time jobs with benefits that pay more than $53,000. By 2020, 65 percent of all new jobs in the United States will require at least some postsecondary education and training, pointing to the continued importance of higher education to the economic well-being of individuals, families, communities and the nation. For more on the results of the survey, check out the infographic here.
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